Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2021 Shortlist

Responsible for launching the careers of Max Porter and Fiona McFarlane, the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded annually to a writer aged 39 or under. Fearless, boundary-pushing novels and short story collections, the half dozen shortlisted titles for this year’s award represent some of the most innovative and engaging literature published in the past twelve months. The winner will be revealed on 13 May, the eve of International Dylan Thomas Day.

The Shortlist

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Tender, profound and masterfully nuanced, Alzayat’s debut collection charts the emotional reality of the female migrant experience, exploring identities caught in the crossfire between two cultures.
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A pulsating, character-driven gem of a novel, Kingdomtide focuses on a septuagenarian plane crash survivor and the tormented park ranger determined to find her, and the echoes and parallels that evolve between the experiences of both.
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Exploring familial tensions and the fears of an overprotective mother, The Death of Vivek Oji tells a captivating story of a Nigerian childhood and the struggle between freedom and love.
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Pew is an engrossing, fearlessly astute story about community and fear, revolving around a silent stranger found sleeping in the church of a small American town.
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Audacious and provocative, Leilani’s firecracker of a debut charts Edie’s awkward slalom through modern life, from dead-end hook ups and crushed ambitions to a romantic liaison that has disaster written all over it.
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Tackling the contentious issue of sexual abuse with unflinching enquiry and emotional complexity, My Dark Vanessa interrogates the blurred lines between consent and manipulation and how both memory and context can shift alarmingly over time.
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The Longlist

Alligator and Other Stories
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Antiemetic for Homesickness
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If I Had Your Face
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Kingdomtide
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Exciting Times
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The Death of Vivek Oji
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RENDANG
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The Wild Laughter
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Who They Was
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Luster
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My Dark Vanessa
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Previous Prize Winners

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In Our Mad and Furious City
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Kumukanda
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The High Places
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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
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Battleborn
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Seating Arrangements
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The Meeting Point
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The Boat
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Fresh Apples
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